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Today on Your Call: Aljazeera America, budget cuts and raging fires


On today’s Your Call, it’s our Friday media roundtable. This week, we’ll discuss media coverage of US Forest Service budget cuts as thousands of firefighters are battling the massive Rim Fire near Yosemite. The second round of cuts are scheduled to begin in October. Who’s covering this angle? We’ll also talk about the launch of Aljazeera America. We’ll be joined by Think Progress’ Katie Valentine, CJR’s David Cay Johnston and Murrow College’s Lawrence Pintak. Where did you see the best reporting this week? It's Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.         


Lawrence Pintak, professor of communication and the founding dean of The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University.

David Cay Johnston, columnist for Tax Analysts and the Columbia Journalism Review. His latest book “The Fine Print: How Big Companies Use "Plain English" to Rob You Blind is now out in paperback.

Katie Valentine, Climate reporter at ThinkProgress

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Inside Climate News: "Exxon Pipeline Rupture: Amount of Oil Spilled is Still Guesswork"

SF Public Press: "California's Cap and Trade Experiment"

The Onion: "Let Me Explain Why Miley Cyrus' VMA Performance Was Our Top Story This Morning"

Kelly Riddell, Washington Times: "Rooting out federal contracting fraud"

NPR: "Former Ambassador: Syria Will Fight No Matter What U.S. Does"

Web resources:

Climate Progress: California’s Rim Fire Threatens San Francisco’s Power And Water Supply

SF Gate: Yosemite fire, others feel federal budget squeeze

CJR: Al Jazeera America: Think NPR with pictures (and a little baggage)

CJR: Scandal! IRS official cites public record